Monday, June 18, 2012

Why The French Tend Not To Be Obese

Not until recently have the French had a problem with food and changing lifestyles have contributed to this new phenomenon in France - obesity.  Traditionally, the French have enjoyed good health as a whole; eating everything, but just a bit of everything.  Unlike the huge portions we Americans like to see on our plates, the French serve up sensible portions consisting mostly of vegetables, a small portion of protein and few carbs.  Dinner is followed by a simple salad to cleanse the palate and the cheese following the meal is accompany the remaining wine in a person's glass...small bits of cheese with a proportionately slice of baguette.

Here's Your Healthy Tip of the Day:  Do as the French....small portions of everything.  You can enjoy pate', cheese, bread...whatever it is you like...just enjoy all your favorites in small portions.  My clinical assistant, Henry the Bear, is looking forward to our trip to France and excited to check out all the bistros.  As you can see here, he's bought himself some cool shades and a beret...I didn't want to hurt his feelings, but he looks more like a Banana Split than a Frenchie!

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